- There’s something about the winter that makes your hair so dry and brittle if you don’t take care of it. Taking care of my own is hard enough but the girls’ hair in addition to my own? Yeah, mama needed some help in maintaining my girls’ natural hair and I got it from the ladies at Cookie Cutter of Alpharetta.I’ve been natural since 2001 and have learned quite a bit about care for my own locks but I’m still learning about my kids hair. Mini’s curl pattern is like mine but her porosity is very different while abc’s curl pattern is tighter but her porosity is similar to mine. So yes, this leaves me quite confused as it relates to caring for their hair.We were invited to Cookie Cutters Salon and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to learn more about caring for their tresses. These are some of the tips that we discussed:I saw the difference in how easily the washing process went after this. It also made their curls more defined during the conditioning process.I typically do but was never really sure if I should because their hair was so pure but nope, they need to follow the method as well. Not sure what LOC is? It’s leave-in, Oil, and Cream. The purpose is to lock in moisture.Kids get split ends too and need to be handled before it causes more damage to the hair. Also, make sure to give their ends some extra love & attention to their ends.It dries it out and makes it brittle.Yes, even the young tresses need this sort of care!I was so excited to partner with Cookie Cutters in Alpharetta and speak with stylists who were both so open and knowledgeable about kids natural hair care. Even better is that their grand opening is this Saturday, December 16 for the public.Cookie Cutters is a salon specifically designed for kids. They pride themselves on being a great place to bring differently-abled children who need extra care and distractions for their hair care. The environment is one that is incredibly inviting for children. There’s a play area and the seats are actually cars that are placed in front of kid-friendly TVs.But their service is what really stands out. We met with Marquita and Diamond who were so patient with the tender head of Mini and the constant movement of abc. Not only were they patient with them as they styled their hair into beautiful masterpieces, they answered all my questions with smiles and some laughter–I am pretty funny 😉😉😉.
When you go natural and find a product that loves your curls the way you do, it’s hard to stray. But then something happens–their formula changes or values–and you have to jump ship. If you’re current on events, you’ve heard about the SheaMoisture debacle. For those of you living under a rock, here’s what happened in a nutshell:
SheaMoisture was founded by black women for black women. They rose to be a top natural hair care brand on the backs of black women that swore by the results of their products. Then they got an investor (or two or maybe one super big one) and broke fly. Instead of continuing to cater to the customer base that made them who they are, they are now catering to “all hair types”. The natural hair is in an uproar after SheaMoisture released a commercial that didn’t have the women that helped them get where they are represented. Major ouch.
But fortunately for the follicles of the natural hair community, there are quite a few brands that are on the up and up right now. Many of them I’ve tried myself and others my friends have.
9 Natural Hair Brands To Try
I love the Design Essentials for it’s detangling power on mini and abc’s hair but my girl Ashley from Mommyweek.com swears by EDEN BodyWorks for Babycakes’ hair. Because I bleach and color my hair, I need something that moisturizes these curls and Aunt Jackie’s Flaxseed Deep Conditioner does my follicles rights. I recently started using Tropic Isle Living which offers a delicious conditioner that makes mini’s hair submit to moisture. Looking to make your own? Get THE BEST shea butter from Shea Butter Warehouse and whip your own products up or subscribe to Curl Mix and have DIY boxes sent to you with all the ingredients you need.
In the wake of the SheaMoisture debacle don’t feel like you don’t have choices! You have them! Try some of these out and let me know your thoughts below!
There’s something about the Autumn air that changes my moisturized, summer locks into a little less lush curl. Fall is my favorite season. Part of it has to do with the fashion. The other part is the fun activities that you get to do from apple picking to corn mazes to festivals in the cooler weather. But whatever I’m doing, I don’t want my curls or the curls of my girls looking anything less than fabulous.
The Difference With Fall Natural Hair Care
The air starts to become drier as the fall weather hits leaving less moisture in the air for your hair to absorb so you have the treat the follicles with some extra love. If you don’t, you run the risk of breakage, dryness, and just lack luster curls. Here are some tips to prevent this from happening:
Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
I swear by pretty much all things Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. I mean, between cider vinegar, essential oils, and breast milk I think all the world ailments can be cured. Not really but almost.
How To Use: Create a mixture of cider vinegar and distilled water (a 1:1 ratio) and put it in a spray bottle. Completely saturate your hair and let stand for 5 min before rinsing. Shampoo isn’t necessary but if you don’t like the smell then shampoo.
What It Does: Cider vinegar is like a reset button for your hair. It balances the pH of the hair, prevents/stops breakage, and leaves your hair softer and shinier.
I remember my first time seeing “Hair Mayonnaise” on a deep conditioning treatment. I thought it would be gross and it was but things have change a lot since then. My current fave is the You Be Natural Hair Mayonnaise. Mini’s hair is dryer than mine and abc’s and this works miracles on her locks!
How To Use: After vinegar rinse, massage into hair for 15 min (20 min under a dryer if your hair is really parched). Rinse with warm water followed by a shot of cold water to seal the follicle.
What It Does: Again, miracle worker. But it restores the moisture balance in your hair leaving your curls dripping with moisture.
We struggle with moisture on mini’s hair all year-round so oils are our best friend. But the fall and winter seasons I must make sure that I’m using the right oil combination. Right now we’re growing mini’s hair out after she begged for it to be cut in April so I was excited when I found The Loc Doc’s hair oil serum. It has castor oil in which has been known to stimulate the growth of hair.
How To Use: For longer, tangled hair, use prior to washing to help detangle. For all hair, use after shower. If you use the LOC Method, apply after the leave in conditioner step.
What It Does: This oil will leave your hair INCREDIBLY soft and luxurious. Like seriously. Mini’s hair drank this up and burped because of how satisfying it is.
Natural hair care doesn’t take that much if you do your due diligence with it and don’t end up having to make major repairs to your hair.
What’s is your natural hair care regimen?
I’m so excited to be kicking off one of the new categories that will be included on The Crunchy Mommy with CurlMix! In 2001, I did the “big chop” the day I graduated high school and shaved my long, relaxed hair off. It was so liberating to no longer be a slave to the creamy crack. I have loved experimenting and getting to know the curls that have become part of my trademark look.
I was so excited that my fellow Spelman sister started her own business that is geared towards the naturalista’s in the curly bunch when she and her husband developed the CurlMix Kit. Now, in case you didn’t know, I’m a bit of a subscription box addict–especially the hair care and makeup ones. I love being surprised every month with little goodies that I otherwise wouldn’t have found.
What Is CurlMix?
CurlMix is the DIY box for naturally curly hair that was started by Kim & Tim Lewis–the founders of The Natural Hair Academy. As the founders of the NHA, it’s only natural that they take the next step in a subscription box sharing their knowledge with the masses. In the natural hair community, it’s pretty rare to see our male counterparts take such an avid interest in helping us with our hair but that’s just what Tim did with his wife Kim after doing her big chop himself. They would work together concocting new recipes to nourish her growing locks. After searching for another company that did this, they came up empty handed and used this as the opportunity to develop what the CurlMix Box. Included in each box is everything that you’ll need to make the treatment of the month–literally everything.
The Box: Peppermint Hot Oil Treatment
When my box came I was super excited. The winter time is pretty rough on the Crunchy household in a lot of ways–especially hair care. With a household of three heads full of curls, we go through A LOT of hair products–particularly moisturizing products. The cold air of winter coupled with the dry heat from the indoors can leave our hair less than desirable. And I workout at lease 4-5 times a week which is also pretty tough on my hair so I was excited that the first box was geared towards restoring this moisture that is lost.
The box came with 2oz bottles of the following oils:
Peppermint & Castor Oil
Peppermint is a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial and the oil offers these properties for your hair as well as working to prevent frizz. Castor oil is a thick oil that coats the hair preventing breakage as well as boosting the growth of new hair.
Avocado & Jojoba Oil
Avocado oil, like castor oil, has been known to restore growth in hair. It seems like jojoba oil is in most hair care products with good reason. It’s non-comedogenic, non-allergic, and prevents damages from free radicals.
Grape Seed & Apricot Oil
These were pretty new to me. Grape seed oil is a great sealant for your hair making is so the moisture stays put. Apricot oil is similar to that of grape seed in that it seals the moisture in and provides great shine.
Sweet Almond Oil & Vanilla Butter Scent
Let me say that this smelled so delicious. It was like a cupcake in liquid form that promises to leave my waistline alone. Sweet almond oil is used to prevent breakage and hair loss.
This was easy peazy. I dumped the four 2 oz bottles into the 1 big 8 oz bottle that was provided and put into my sink of hot water for a couple of minutes. Following the instructions, I massaged it into my hair for 3 minutes from root to ends. It felt good to finally take some time out and nurture my hair. I put on the thermal conditioning cap for 30 minutes and shampooed.
I loved it. My hair was way easier to comb in the shower. It was an easy process that took a total of less than 7 minutes from start to shoving my hair under the bonnet–yes, shoving… this is a lot of hair! There is enough left of the product for me to do mini’s hair as well as mine a couple more times. The oils provided are perfect for what my curls are facing this time of year too! I would certainly recommend this product for both seasoned and newer naturalista’s!